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ADF&G Management and Research Programs

Note: the programs below are not a comprehensive list of ADF&G management and research programs.

  • Alaska Migratory Bird Co-Management Council (AMBCC)
    Subsistence Harvest Assessment Program

    Through a cooperative agreement, the Division of Subsistence administers an annual program to estimate subsistence harvests of migratory birds and their eggs on behalf of the AMBCC. The program is based on voluntary household surveys conducted through partnerships with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, ADF&G, and various Alaska Native organizations.

  • Chinook Salmon Research Initiative

    The Chinook Salmon Research Initiative was created in response to declines in returns of Chinook salmon to many Alaska rivers. The result of collaboration between ADF&G, federal agencies, and academic partners on this issue has been the development of the Chinook Salmon Stock Assessment and Research Plan.

  • Citizen Science Program

    The Alaska Citizen Science Program is a partnership between members of the public and professional scientists. The program provides opportunities for private citizens to assist wildlife biologists in collecting important data as part of ongoing research projects and conservation planning.

  • Endangered and Threatened Species Research

    Research on federal endangered species falls primarily under the purview of the Wildlife Diversity Program and the Marine Mammal Program. In the event of marine or freshwater fish or invertebrate species listings, research would fall under the purview of the Division of Commercial Fisheries and Sport Fish, respectively.

  • Intensive Management

  • Invasive Species Program

  • Marine Mammal Program

    The department's Marine Mammal Program conducts research to provide new information on the biology and ecology of marine mammals and the marine ecosystems of Alaska. The information is shared, and often collected jointly, with the federal agencies and Alaska Native organizations responsible for managing marine mammals in Alaska. Over the past few decades, the species studied by ADF&G biologists have included Steller sea lions, beluga whales, bowhead whales, harbor seals, walruses, and ‘ice’ (i.e., bearded, ribbon, spotted, and ringed) seals.

  • Small Game Program

    The Department's Small Game Program was created to promote the conservation of Alaska's small game resources for future generations. Biologists are not only working to study and understand the grouse, ptarmigan, and hares of Alaska but also develop educational opportunities through courses and seminars for interested individuals to become better informed on the hunting opportunities that are available.

  • Sonar

    The Alaska Department of Fish and Game relies on its Fisheries Sonar Program to provide timely information about salmon run strength.

  • Special Areas Program

    The Alaska State Legislature has designated 32 state game refuges, critical habitat areas, and wildlife sanctuaries across the state, totaling over 3.2 million acres. These areas were created to protect particularly rich fish and wildlife habitats. The department manages these areas to maintain their habitat values while accommodating outstanding fish and wildlife related recreational opportunities.

  • Waterfowl Program

    ADF&G maintains a waterfowl research and management program to cooperatively manage ducks and geese with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through the Pacific Flyway Council.

  • Wildlife Diversity Program

    The Wildlife Diversity Program hopes to work with a variety of partners to fill information gaps, and meet the conservation needs of wildlife and fish in Alaska. With updated information on species distribution and abundance, we can begin to evaluate trends and population changes, and work to keep them at healthy and sustainable levels.

  • Wildlife Health and Disease Surveillance

    Sustaining Alaska's wildlife requires an understanding and management of their health, including infectious diseases and parasites. Critical to that mission is surveillance for early detection of non-native or domestic animal diseases and preventing spread of animal pathogens within the state.

  • Wildlife Veterinarian Service

    The department's veterinary staff ensures that the appropriate standards of humane care are provided for the live capture and studies of wildlife; he or she provides training for staff, works to improve capture techniques especially anesthesia and serves as the attending veterinarian on the DWC Animal Care and Use Committee.